Reverse Harem: My New Guilty Pleasure & Reading Recs

I’ve wanted to let ya’ll know about a recent guilty pleasure of mine—reverse harem. I’ve been reading a TON of reverse harem novels lately and just can’t put them down.

Reverse harem (also known as RH) isn’t super widely known, I didn’t know what it was until recently, so just an explanation; reverse harem is when there is one female protagonist with three or more male leads/romantic interests.

From my experience, RH is mostly new adult to adult (meaning more mature language, situation, and sex scenes), and this isn’t like a love triangle. The protagonist loves all of her men equally and they all love, protect, and cater to her; usually the guys are all friends or become friends as well.

It’s a bit different and a concept that can get judged super quickly and easily—and like yeah there are some bad and just trashy ones out there,  but when done right a reverse harem can be super sweet, funny, and sexy.

I’ve been reading mostly paranormal or fantasy RH, it definitely makes it easier to suspend disbelief and accept the whole multiple interests/mates aspect, with a couple contemporaries thrown in. And I just wanted to give ya’ll a rundown of some of my favorites that are definitely worth giving a try.

Trying to Live With the Dead (The Veil Diaries #1) by B.L. Brunnemer

This is definitely the book to ease yourself into reverse harem with. It’s more young adult, and friendship based (at least so far in the series). Alexis is your totally average 17-year-old girl…except she can see and talk to the dead, and help them move on. The dead always seem to find her, which is an issue when she moves in with her uncle and heads off to a new school. But when an evil ghost lurking around the school refuses to leave her alone, Alexis has to decide if she should tell her friends—five insanely hot guys who’ve basically adopted her—or continue keeping her abilities a secret.Charcoal Tears (Seraph Black #1) by Jane Washington

Jane Washington is an absolute RH gem. Seraph has always been a survivor, keeping her and her younger brother safe from their abusive father and working at the club, but she wasn’t prepared for Cabe and Noah to come bulldozing into her life and picking apart her secrets. Add in their two equally attractive half-brothers and a threatening stalker, and Seraph realizes she can no longer keep hiding.

Trickery (Curse of the Gods #1) by Jaymin Eve & Jane Washington

Willa in this book is an absolute riot. A dweller, the lowest of the low, Willa—accident and nudity prone, and absolutely hopeless—is sent to Blesswood to take care of the best of the best sol students, who when they die might become gods. Insert a few mishaps and hijinks and Willa finds herself tethered to the five Abcurse brothers, the five most powerful sols, who might just ruin her.

Escape the Sea (Saved by Pirates #1) by G. Bailey

Because pirates! Cassandra is a changed one, and although she should’ve been killed at birth, she’s been kept a secret. But when her identity is revealed she finds herself fleeing to the ruthless sea, full of certain death, that is until six handsome pirates—who should be deadly—take her on board their ship.


Winter Princess (Daughter of Winter #1) by Sky Mackinnon

A fun, adventure-filled, novel about a disgruntled and sassy demigoddess and her four hot guardians, I was so disappointed when I reached the end—I just want more.

Wyn, a demi-goddess, has always lived on Earth with humans and estranged from her goddess mother. But on her 22nd birthday, when her powers come to fruition, she’s asked to travel through the realms and reunite with her mother, the Winter Queen. But to keep her powers in check and keep her safe from unknown enemies, Wyn will need the help of her four guardians.

The Vixen’s Lead (Kit Davenport #1) by Tate James

Growing up as an orphan and grievously mistreated, only to be adopted by a rich, semi-absent, more uncle less dad, Kit is using her position—and enhanced abilities—to take revenge on those who wronged her. Posing as the Fox, a super secret and super talented thief, Kit is a regular old Robin Hood. But her—and her abilities—have been figured out and those gunning for her are dangerous. She might just have to make some unlikely allies in order to survive.

Have you read any reverse harem? Let me know in the comments!

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Hi! I'm Lindsey, a 20-something book lover living in the Boston area. I have an affinity for YA fiction and and a serious SVU addiction. Hit me up with a book recommendation and it might just become my next obsession. I'm glad to have you on the site and hope you enjoy my future posts.

4 thoughts on “Reverse Harem: My New Guilty Pleasure & Reading Recs

  1. Mostly I’ve only read reverse harem in manga or in the dating games (lol). The only novel I can think off the top of my head that is RH I’ve read is the Merry Gentry series…. but that is a whole lotta sex and I can’t remember if that ended up more polyamory instead…..

    These sound fun though! I’ll check them out 🙂


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